Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O: 'Where has all the charisma and sexuality gone?'

Singer says new LP 'Mosquito' will bring them 'back into the fray'

Photo: Next Previous

Photo Gallery: Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O has promised that the band's forthcoming new album 'Mosquito' will bring sexuality and charisma "back into the fray".

In an interview with Billboard, the frontwoman said that she and her bandmates had been eager to bring "the gnarl" back to music with their fourth studio LP.

The New York trio released their debut album 'Fever To Tell' a decade ago in 2003, and O said: "I miss the bands that were around when we first started out. When we came up, there was The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and The Make-Up.

She added: "Where has all the charisma and the sexuality and the gnarl gone? This album is about bringing that back into the fray."

O also admitted that she contemplated quitting the band during the making of their second LP, 2006's 'Show Your Bones'. "It crossed my mind a lot of times," she said. "But I felt like I had to finish the record, even though it was really difficult and we were going through intense hardship. Nick and I were on really bad terms. We were forced to support the record, and we had to be around each other a lot – at the shows, on the bus."

She did go on to add, however, that the experience had been ultimately positive and stated: "It was like alchemy. And now we're still here to talk about it."

'Mosquito' is produced by TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek and Nick Launay, with one track helmed by former LCD Soundsystem man James Murphy. You can listen to the album's first single, 'Sacrilege', by clicking below.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs curate I'll Be Your Mirror at London's Alexandra Palace alongside Grizzly Bear over the weekend of May 4-5. Bands confirmed for the event so far include The Walkmen, Black Lips, Real Estate, Dirty Beaches and Cass McCombs.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs will play:

Manchester O2 Apollo (May 1)
Leeds O2 Academy (2)
London Alexandra Palace (4)


To check the availability of Yeah Yeah Yeahs tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

Read More On This Artist

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Merchandise
More News
Future Islands' Samuel T Herring feared he 'was going to die' earlier this year
Madonna calls new album leak 'a form of terrorism'
New Official Chart Show host Clara Amfo is 'surprised at how nice everyone's been'
Wiley reschedules tour following unrelated shooting outside London venue
Wu-Tang's RZA: 'I used to do rap battles on the spot where Eric Garner was killed'
Pond unveil new video for track 'Sitting Up on Our Crane' - watch
The 1975 named as the hardest-working band this year with 195 shows in 29 countries
Muse update fans on new album as they record with orchestra in Milan – watch
Apple did not intentionally delete music from users' iPods, jury finds
Scott Stapp alleges that 'the heart of ISIS is in my own family' in uncovered 911 calls...
Florence & The Machine and Alt-J added to Flow Festival line-up
AC/DC sell out Wembley Stadium gig in 60 minutes
Laura Marling announces new album 'Short Movie' – hear first song now
D'Angelo team confirm release of new album was brought forward following Ferguson protests
St Vincent reveals 'Birth In Reverse' video and says she has recorded songs with Carrie...
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars perform 'Uptown Funk' on finale of 'The Voice US'...
Kendrick Lamar premieres brand new song on 'The Colbert Report' – watch
The Decemberists share new song 'The Wrong Year' - listen
Records by Sex Pistols, Chic, Neil Young, Lou Reed added to Grammy Hall of Fame
Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning sentenced to 13 years for sexual abuse
Circa Waves reveal details of debut album 'Young Chasers'
Imagine Dragons announce new album 'Smoke + Mirrors'

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM